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Softball Opens 2014 Season at Ragin' Cajun Invitational

Feb. 13, 2014

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College softball team will start the 2014 season with the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational hosted by Louisiana Lafayette. The Eagles will play a double header on Friday against Central Arkansas and Memphis, and again on Saturday against Memphis and Valparaiso, before finishing the tournament with a single game against Michigan on Sunday.

Head Coach Ashley Obrest returns for her third season at the Heights and will be joined by a new staff. Hannah Angel will start her first season as assistant coach at BC, after a one-season stint as assistant coach at Brown last year. Angel also previously served as head coach at Emmanuel College. Angel was a standout pitcher at UNC-Greensboro. John Pandolfo will also begin his first season as assistant coach at BC. He comes to the Heights after six years as assistant coach for the New Jersey Intensity Program. Melissa Dubay will join BC as a volunteer assistant coach after four years as an assistant coach at Brandeis University. Dubay was a star shortstop for Boston University.

Graduate student Nicole D’Argento and seniors Tory Speer and Alana Dimaso were named captains for the 2014 season. After a season away from the diamond due to injury, D’argento will return as the team’s primary pitcher. In 2012, the Ashland, Mass. native posted an ERA of 3.95 and compiled a record of 10-13, striking out 115 batters in 154.1 innings.

Speer and DiMaso will look to power the offense after successful campaigns in 2013. Speer is coming off a season in which she set the BC single-season record with 15 home runs, finishing with a .331 batting average and 38 runs batted in. Last season, DiMaso posted a batting average of .307 and added 28 runs and 28 runs batted in.

The Eagles welcome five freshmen who will look to make an immediate impact:  Taylor Coroneos, Tatiana Cortex, Allison Chase, Madison Paulson and Jordan Weed.

Opponent Snapshot
Central Arkansas – The Bears are 1-4 in 2014, with one victory over Southern Illinois and losses to Murray State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota and Louisiana State.

Memphis – The Tigers have started the season 1-3, beating Middle Tennessee and falling to Kennesaw State, Troy and North Florida.

Valparaiso – The Crusaders have opened the 2014 campaign with a record of 2-2, falling to IPFW and Campbell before defeating Seton Hall and UMass Lowell.

#6/4 Michigan – The Wolverines have jumped to 3-1 in 2014, losing to No. 4 Florida and beating No. 25 USF, Illinois State and Bethune Cookman.

Boston College Ragin’ Cajun Invitational Schedule
Friday, Feb. 14 – Central Arkansas at 9 a.m./Memphis at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – Memphis at 11:30 a.m./Valparaiso at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 – Michigan at 9:00 a.m. 

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